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2006 STS V8 AWD. The front passenger door can't be opened from the outside even though the other doors are unlocked. The driver door is intermittent. Sometimes I have to open with a key, sometimes not. Any suggestions?... Read full answer
2006 STS V8 AWD. The front passenger door can't be opened from the outside even though the other doors are unlocked. The driver door is intermittent. Sometimes I have to open with a key, sometimes not. Any suggestions?
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11/27/2013
sprinkles08
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

 

Does the door not actually unlock or does it unlock but won't open?

 

If all other doors do unlock then it won't be a fuse issue for sure as a fuse wouldn't affect just one door.

 

If it doesn't unlock do you hear any noise from the door when trying to lock and unlock? Often a failing lock actuator will still make noise but not move.

 

If it does unlock but you can't open it from outside it could be a linkage problem between the handle and latch or it could be the latch itself. What will need to be done either way is remove the door panel, if it does unlock but not open then make sure the linkage between the latch and handle are intact. If so then the problem is the latch.

 

If it doesn't unlock then a test light can be used to test power and ground at the latch when pressing the unlock button and if ok then the problem again is the latch.

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Customer reply replied 5 years ago


When I unlock the doors the rear doors (driver and passenger) unlock and can be opened from the outside. The front doors (driver and passenger) remain locked. I have to open the drivers door with the key. I then open the front passenger door from the inside.

Did they both stop working at exactly the same time?

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Customer reply replied 5 years ago


I'm not sure as I don;t use the front passenger door that much. The drivers door would be intermittent. Sometimes I would need a key and sometimes not. Now I always need the key. I know the unlock works because the dor light (bezel?) comes on and the rear doors work fine. Is there a fuse I can check? Or does it sound like an actuator in the driver door? If it's an actuator, any idea how much the repair might be?


 


Thank you!

You most likely have bad actuators in both front doors if the rears do work ok. It's possible that you could have a wiring issue but it's more likely to be the actuators. The left door runs about $158 and the right about $141 and it calls for 1 hour of labor per side to replace them.
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